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To celebrate Potato Week here at Food52, we’ve partnered with Potatoes USA to share ways we love to use the staple ingredient in meals that bring people together. Inspired takes on these classic recipes showcase the best of what this versatile and nutrition-packed kitchen player has to offer.

Predictability can be a good thing in the kitchen (especially when baking!), but great cooking often comes from shaking things up. Experimenting with new ingredients or different seasonings can bring a whole new dimension to a classic meal, adding an inventive edge to comforting nostalgia. Here, we’ve gathered four familiar potato dishes, each with a unique twist. Who knows? Maybe they’ll become your family’s new classics.

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Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

Caramelizing onions elevates this simple recipe, complementing the natural sweetness of potatoes.

Horseradish Hash Browns
Horseradish Hash Browns

Crisp and flavorful, with an aromatic kick.

Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs and Cheese
Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs and Cheese

For her go-to gratin, our co-founder relies on garlic-infused milk instead of cream.

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Squashed Potatoes
Squashed Potatoes

Use a handy meat hammer to really flatten your potatoes before crisping them in the pan. You'll get a thinner creamy potato center and a thicker, crispier crust.

To celebrate Potato Week here at Food52, we’ve partnered with Potatoes USA to share ways we love to use the staple ingredient in meals that bring people together.

How do you riff on classic dishes to make your own, modernized versions? Let us know in the comments below!

Tags: mashed potatoes, potato, smashed potatoes, hash browns, potato salad